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Aetna Small Group Sales, North Central Region ­ July 18, 2003

Small Business of the Year Winner Announced For North Central Region

Aetna Honors Chicago Steaks of Chicago, IL

Aetna Small Group recently had the pleasure of announcing that Chicago Steaks, a division of G&W Packing, located in Chicago, IL is the North Central Region winner of the Small Business of the Year contest. The contest, which began in January 2003, celebrated the value and impact of small businesses in America and was open to companies with two to 50 eligible employees who currently offer an Aetna Small Group medical benefits plan. Chicago Steaks was honored for their commitment to quality customer service and its efforts to provide educational opportunities to Chicago-area citizens. Chicago Steaks has distributed meats to the Midwestern food industry since 1957. Tom Summers, the current president and CEO of the company, has expanded the business to include sales to hospitals, suppliers and the hospitality industries. Most recently, the company developed a website that offers a variety of meats, seafood and poultry products to consumers. The panel of judges who selected Chicago Steaks included Shannon Sullivan, vice president of Aetna Small Group sales for the North Central region; Sara Huls, Aetna Small Group sales promotion account manager; Matt Cooper, Inner-City Underwriting Agency president; Judith Roussel, Illinois Small Business Association district director; and Rachel Roemke, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center program director. The judges evaluated each nominated small business based on a variety of factors including: exemplary community involvement, a unique start-up story, overcoming significant business obstacles, and outstanding earnings growth and profitability. "Chicago Steaks stood out in a field of many worthy nominations for their success in adapting to changes in the marketplace and serving the evolving needs of their customers. We're proud and honored to recognize their achievements with this award," said Sullivan. The national winner of the Small Business of the Year Contest, chosen from the six regional winners, is Mathews Construction, located in Tampa, Florida. Please join us in congratulating Chicago Steaks on their success. Additional information about the contest and all of the regional winners can be found on Producer World®, our online service center for licensed agents appointed with Aetna, at may also call your Aetna Sales Manager (ASM), local General Agent, or our Small Group Sales Support Center at 1-888-380-7821.

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SG-NCR-100170-B (07/03)


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